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Old 08-19-2010, 01:06 AM   #1
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For those of you who don't trailer their Miata to the track, do you get your windows tinted to deal with the heat while driving to/from track events far from home? Is it bothersome on the track to have the front triangle windows tinted?
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20% and i love it. also helps with ******** seeing your DVD screen or boost gauge
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Cool, we can only get 35% on the front side windows. On the back we can go darker but I think I'll do 35% all around.
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yeah 35 is the darkest you can go here also
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A tinter told me once that you can actually get away with 20%. I have 20% on my side windows and thought he inspector thought it was too dark, when he tested it with his electronic tint darkness tester thingie, it passed.

I like the dark tint during the day and it is hard to see in the car when it is parked especially with a window screen. At night though it is almost too dark on unlit roads. Looking through the side windows at corner apexes is difficult on a dark road.
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In NJ, we can't tint front windows at all....
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In NJ, we can't tint front windows at all....
Thats true pretty much everywhere, you cant tint below the little line on the edge of the window. Im pretty sure the miata doenst even have that line, so you cnat put any tibnt across the top
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Old 08-20-2010, 02:27 PM   #8
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This: http://www.huperoptikusa.com/automotive.cfm

Available here: http://www.motherswindowtint.com/

Not as dark, but much more efficient. Best of both worlds; visibility retained with reduced interior heat.

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A tinter told me once that you can actually get away with 20%. I have 20% on my side windows and thought he inspector thought it was too dark, when he tested it with his electronic tint darkness tester thingie, it passed.

I like the dark tint during the day and it is hard to see in the car when it is parked especially with a window screen. At night though it is almost too dark on unlit roads. Looking through the side windows at corner apexes is difficult on a dark road.
it must have been lighter than 20% because the film alone would be illegal, not counting the added darkness from the glass. i think some places use 28-30% tint which with the glass barely passes. (and sometimes doesn't) that's why most shops, (including mine) use 35% to make sure that it's gonna be legal including the factory tinted glass.
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Apparently the tolerance on the 35% law is pretty broad. I forget the range, but essentially you could get away with 20% because the range encompassed tint that dark. It is not 30% tint, too dark for that. Anyway, YMMV.
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Uh...asking about tint for driving cars to and from the track? Not really race prep. Appreciate the effort though. A-
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35% and its fine.
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Uh...asking about tint for driving cars to and from the track? Not really race prep. Appreciate the effort though. A-
I try. Thanks for moving it.
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I had mine tinted in 20% and it made it noticeably more comfortable in the car with the windows up. I'm happy I went with 20%. Not too dark, but not too light.
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Thanks all for the tips/links. I do like the idea of ceramic tint but shops around here wanted over $300. No way I'm paying that much on a track car. I got my tint done at the same place my brother got his Civic done at. Solarize Audio Tint and Alarms. $120 for metallic 35% side windows and 20% rear window. It looks great! Hopefully it doesn't interfere much with the radar detector. I'm letting it bake in this damn heat we're having, 100*+ F.
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